Staten Island Performing Provider System Awards Two Organizations Funds For Projects Focused On Health Disparities And Social Determinants Of Health
The Healthy Neighborhood Project Phase II funds will be given to two organizations to help engage the community in order to impact local health disparities and social determinants of health
The Executive Director of Staten Island PPS, Joseph Conte, PhD, CPHQ, is pleased to announce that $50,000 will be awarded to two organizations who were selected through a competitive grant process.
Staten Island PPS, an alliance of clinical and social service providers focused on improving the quality of care and overall health for Staten Island’s Medicaid and uninsured populations, which include more than 180,000 Staten Island residents, created the Healthy Neighborhood Project to measure the “health” of Staten Island communities. This project focuses specifically on how polices are reflected in our built environment and their impact on local health disparities.
Using the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) CHANGE tool, a data-collection survey tool, community-level data was collected in Phase I by the College of Staten Island, Wagner College, and St. John’s University. Phase I data identified areas where change is most needed to relieve the burden of health disparities specific to each neighborhood.
The $50,000 grants will fund two projects focused on engaging the community to impact local health disparities and social determinants of health in North Shore communities. Using data collected in Phase I as a guide, each organization proposed to work with community members in selected neighborhoods on projects focused on decreasing childhood obesity and nutrition and diabetes prevention. “We received a number of strong proposals from community-based organizations across the island. It is a privilege to support these efforts to engage in community-driven solutions to local disparities,” said Celina Ramsey, MShc, Director of Health Literacy, Diversity and Outreach at Staten Island PPS.
The projects selected for funding are:
Community Health Center of Richmond (CHCR) proposed to focus on childhood obesity in the 10302, 10303, and 10310 zip codes, which includes over 12,000 children ages 17 and younger. CHCR will utilize Phase I data related to childhood obesity and social determinants of health to develop a Community Health Improvement Plan by convening the neighborhood and prioritizing community driven goals to address childhood obesity in these zip codes. Funding will also help support local coalition work. The project team is comprised of a Pediatrician, health center Outreach Workers, and other CHCR staff.
The South Shore YMCA proposed to provide diabetes prevention and nutrition education to students, families, and community members based out of PS 57, 46, and 31, as well as incorporate community input on disparities impacting these communities. They plan to utilize two different curriculums while carrying out this project, the CATCH program and the Y Diabetes curriculum. Their “Healthy Eating, Physical Activity” education model will aim to improve detection, reduce complications, and delay illness onset of diabetes in students and families served. The program will include interactive learning, prevention, and nutritional education. The staff will educate families on healthy lifestyle components to ensure they encompass the entire Spirit, Mind and Body spectrum.
Staten Island PPS wants all Staten Islanders to lead healthy and fulfilling lives. To do that, our community must take an active role in creating a journey towards health to respond to the disparities affecting our communities.